Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
School of Music
Voice pedagogy literature often draws a parallel between a doctor’s ability to diagnose illness and prescribe treatment, and a voice teacher’s ability to identify vocal obstacles and design solutions. The core of these parallel procedures lies in an ability to utilize critical reasoning skills within highly specific contexts. Medical literature describes this as “clinical reasoning” and has studied it as a learned process. Voice pedagogy literature has traditionally described this as an innate process which is solely developed through experience. This document broadly examines the ways in which medical literature has broken down clinical reasoning into specific cognitive processes and proposes a model through which these processes can be adapted to the needs of developing voice teachers.
Santelli, Carlos E., "Reasoning the Voice: Toward a Diagnostic and Prescriptive Technique in the Teaching of Singing" (2023). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 6187.